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Word War One

Dec 10, 2015

This game pits vowels and consonants against each other in a back-and-forth battle for ultimate control over a word. Each answer is a word or phrase that consists of alternating vowels and consonants.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

Crash Test Yummies

Dec 10, 2015

In 1993 the Crash Test Dummies had their biggest hit, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Given the title, it's baffling it wasn't about food. Well, that's about to change, because we rewrote the lyrics to be about classic comfort foods.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

Blank Of Blank

Dec 3, 2015

One of Pittsburgh's nicknames is "City of Bridges," referring to its many river-spanning structures. Appropriately, all of the answers in this final round are three-word phrases with the word "of" in the middle.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

It's A Numbers Game

Dec 3, 2015

Order the following famous families from most amount of brothers to the fewest brothers: Jonas Brothers, Marx Brothers, Ringling Brothers. That would be Ringling (7), Marx (5) and Jonas (4). That's the gist of this numerical ordering game.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

In A Class By Itself

Dec 3, 2015

Let's face it, even the best universities have a few courses that aren't super-rigorous. In this game we read class titles and descriptions from unusual college courses. Contestants tell us whether the class is one we made up, or a real course that students are amassing thousands of dollars of debt to enroll in.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

A Day in the Life of Peter Sarsgaard

Nov 12, 2015

In his new movie Experimenter, Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley Milgram, a psychologist who studied human behavior in the 1960s. In Milgram's most famous experiment, test subjects agreed to electroshock people in another room under pressure from an authority figure. Sarsgaard joined host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage to talk about the film, and the impact it had on him as a performer.

Letter Rip

Nov 12, 2015

Guest puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin leads our final round, "Letter Rip." All of the answers contain the sound of an alphabet letter. It's a B-dazzling good time!

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

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Transcript

Meet the Expert is Ask Me Another's new segment! Executive producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Amy Kule, joins us onstage to lead a game based on this iconic holiday event. Did you know Snoopy is about to make his 39th parade appearance?

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

Art For Art's Sake

Oct 28, 2015

Smartphone, pop-tarts and kickstarter. All of these answers have the letters a-r-t in order. Our final round is deceivingly simple as that!

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Bring Out Your Undead

Oct 28, 2015

We asked our audience questions about how they would handle the end of the world. Then we put VIPs and undead experts Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless head-to-head to guess our audience's responses. What's your weapon of choice against the zombie apocalypse — shotgun, chainsaw, or crossbow?

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Flip It And Reverse It #2

Oct 28, 2015

In our nerdy homage to Missy Elliot, every answer is a famous title or phrase, backwards. What long-running BBC show is about Roger Daltrey's time-traveling physician? Who Doctor. That's Doctor Who, backwards.

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

The Most Important Quiz Of The Day

Oct 8, 2015

West Egg on a Seabiscuit with Lady Marmalade―yum! For our final round, every correct answer is a word, phrase, or proper noun that contains the name of a breakfast food or beverage.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

I Saw The Seinfeld

Oct 8, 2015

In this game we put our VIPs, The Milk Carton Kids, on the same team. Kenneth describes famous Seinfeld catchphrases to Joey, who must guess the line. But there's a catch: Kenneth has never really seen Seinfeld.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

Opposites Attract

Oct 8, 2015

The word "sanction" can mean both "to approve or permit" and "to punish." Weird, huh? It's an example of a contronym: a word that can be its own opposite, or have two contradictory meanings.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

It's All Relative

Sep 23, 2015

This final round quiz is a family affair! All of the answers feature a type of familial relation. Pretty easy, Papa Smurf!

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

Sep 23, 2015

VIP Sonia Manzano brings along special guest Emilio Delgado to play a game about the Muppets in their neighborhood. The onscreen couple must guess whether the descriptions of Sesame Street Muppets are real or made up.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

TV On The Radio

Sep 23, 2015

J.D. from Scrubs is hanging out the passenger side of Turk's ride, much like the scenario described in TLC's song "Scrubs." For this game, Jonathan Coulton plays songs whose song titles include the title of a TV program, with the lyrics rewritten to be about the show.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

Musicals Without The Music

Sep 9, 2015

VIP Sutton Foster and her husband, screenwriter Ted Griffin, know a lot about musicals. And movies. So naturally, we pitted this entertainment power couple against each other in a game about movie musicals that have won Academy Awards.

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

Initial Impressions

Sep 9, 2015

Lots of famous people abbreviate their first name to one initial. In this game, we'll ask you about some of them, and give you hints by imagining that their first initial is related to their chosen profession. Which legendary FBI director's first initial might stand for "justice"?

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

License To ILL

Sep 9, 2015

This final round is totally sick--in a good way! Every answer contains the letters "I-L-L" in consecutive order. It's the only time you'll see Camilla Parker Bowles next to a George Foreman Grill.

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

Sister Versus Sister

Aug 26, 2015

Uzo Aduba and her sister Chioma revisit their childhoods with a game about '80s TV show theme songs. The winner gets to watch TV after dinner!

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

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On The Double

Aug 26, 2015

We double dare you to try your hand at this final round-- every answer contains the word "double."

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

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Cooking The Books

Aug 26, 2015

Not all cookbooks are actually about food. Play along and mash up the titles of famous books with various delicacies. Who could forget Truman Capote's classic novel, In Cold Blood Sausage?

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

One Vowel At A Time

Aug 20, 2015

Can we buy some vowels, please? In this final round, each answer contains each of the five vowels-- a, e, i, o, u-- exactly once. You don't need no education to ace this one!

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Aug 20, 2015

For his VIP game, Sir Patrick Stewart is quizzed on the meanings of Shakespearean insults.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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Spoiled It Through The Grapevine

Aug 20, 2015

Honey, honey, yeah! We've rewritten Heard It Through The Grapevine to be about famous film endings that you've probably heard about through the grapevine. No spoiler alerts necessary.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Pack Your Bags

Aug 12, 2015

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition. Build the ultimate road trip playlist with a game about songs of summers past, featuring guest musician Nellie McKay. Then choose your whip in a game about notable fictional rides.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

On The Road

Aug 12, 2015

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

Stuck in the Backseat

Aug 12, 2015

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

Why You Buggin'?

Jul 30, 2015

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

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